Covid-19: Turkish eases restrictions, reopens mosques

by Maruf Adedeji

Turkish authorities have disclosed plan to ease the restrictions on all mosques in the country.

While disclosing this on Thursday May 28, 2020, the country’s interior ministry officially informed the 81 provinces about the guidelines regarding the re-opening of mosques.

It stated that the re-opening of mosques will ease the restriction order imposed since March 19.

In preparation for the re-opening, the Turkish authorities have decontaminated 11 major mosques.

The guidelines stipulate that people will only be allowed to perform midday, afternoon, and Friday group prayers for now. However, individual can pray at other times.

The curfew lifted on 26 May now allows free movement for people between the ages of 20 and 65 years while children under 20 years and adult over 65 years of age are still restricted.

The Health Minister, Fahrettin Koca, said restrictions for the rest of people would take “a little more” to ease.

Meanwhile, intercity trains have resumed operations, maintaining a half passenger capacity on board with no price increases. The ban on inter-city train travels is still in force since 3 April.

“Passengers showing CVID-19 symptoms during the trip will be taken to isolation compartments on the trains and handed over to health officials at the first appropriate station” said the transport minister, Adil Karaismailoglu.

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